NEWS - FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022 - NEWS
Although the monkeypox virus can affect anyone, some gay and bisexual men are worried about being once again branded as carriers of an exotic disease. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Liberal media creating a problem that does not exist.
The stepped-up attacks come as Russian President Vladimir Putin orders new initiatives to try to solidify Moscow's gains and secure new ones. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Putin is acting like the idiot he is.
President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Uvalde, Texas on Sunday to “grieve with the community” following the elementary school mass shooting. New York Post
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Officials also reveled Thursday that Ramos had fired most of his shots shortly after entering the school through an unlocked door, leaving 19 children and two school teachers dead. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The various stories are confusing.
Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss is said to be funneling millions of dollars into influencing 2022 midterms elections despite not being a US citizen, according to sources. New York Post
VOA VIEW: The Dems are being exposed.
The U.S. secretary of state gave a glimpse of President Biden’s classified strategy on China, in which officials have concluded they cannot change Beijing’s aggressive behavior. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden does not have a workable strategy.
Texas officials investigate the massacre timeline at Uvalde's Robb Elementary School to see whether police acted quickly enough to stop the shooter.
VOA VIEW: An important question that needs truthful answers.
Sen. Mitch McConnell said he's asked Republicans to look into gun control measures in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas this week.
VOA VIEW: McConnell is unreliable.
Biden said he would have needed to be a 'mind reader' to respond quicker to the baby formula shortage, but analysts said he should have acted sooner. USA Today
VOA VIEW: Biden does not have a mind.
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In the wake of the mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, Congress is weighing a plan to incentivize states to adopt "red flag" laws like the one Florida passed in 2018 that is aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous or mentally unstable individuals. Washington Times
Elder David A. Bednar of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said Thursday the church supports the civil rights of LGBTQ people and is working to advance legislation that also protects "the freedom of belief that we hold so dear." Washington Times
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday extended a moratorium on the state's 29.1 cents-a-gallon gasoline tax to help ease consumers' pain at the pump. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Something is more than nothing.
Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said Thursday that he's ashamed the United States is "becoming desensitized to the murder of children" and that action is needed now to prevent more lives from being lost in school shootings like the one in Uvalde, Texas. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Cardona should resign.
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California Democrats are so eager to oust moderate, Asian American GOP Rep. Young Kim that the party is spending heavily to boost a poorly funded and controversial Republican primary challenger. Washington Times
The Supreme Court is mired in distrust: Justice Clarence Thomas acknowledged as much in a recent public appearance, comparing this month's leak of a draft opinion that would end national abortion rights to an infidelity. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are pushing pressure on Republican Justices.
President Biden is pushing an expansive agenda -- but Trump-appointed judges are pushing back, using a powerful combination of legal tools to stymy the administration. Washington Times
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Onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers ABC
VOA VIEW: A dumb and foolish statement.
Pay for CEOs who run the biggest U.S. companies soared 17.1% last year, up to a median of $14.5 million ABC
VOA VIEW: Any complaints should come from stockholders.
The administration aims to make Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. ABC
The court upheld a judge's ruling that the Trumps' fear that their depositions might end up being used in a parallel criminal investigation did not shield them from subpoenas. CBS
In the wake of Wednesday's tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, many school districts nationwide are bolstering or reviewing the security of buildings. A review of records by CBS News shows Washington has already been spending tens of millions of dollars in the past few years to do so. Congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane reports. CBS
VOA VIEW: As they all should.
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An estimated 39.2 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday weekend, despite high gas and hotel costs. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
In a tweet directed at President Joe Biden, Fine said, "try to take our guns and you'll learn why the Second Amendment was written in the first place." CBS
VOA VIEW: Biden is a fool.
In a memo to employees, a Microsoft executive told employees in his unit to be more cautious when it comes to opening up new roles CNBC
VOA VIEW: None - a loan is a loan, and should be repaid by the lender, not taxpayers.
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Any announcement on student loan forgiveness by the White House is likely to stir as much celebration as complaints from borrowers. Here's why. CNBC
VOA VIEW: None - a loan is a loan, and should be repaid by the lender, not taxpayers.
Senate Republicans blocked debate on a domestic terrorism bill as the chamber holds talks on separate gun-safety legislation. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Dems want to control debate.
The bank estimated that bitcoin, which was trading just above $29,600 on Thursday afternoon, was undervalued by 28%. CNBC
The U.S. economic contraction to start the year was worse than expected as weak business and private investment failed to offset strong consumer spending. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The left should read the tealeaves.
More than half of jobseekers don't look internally for a new position. If that's you, you could be missing out on an opportunity for growth. CNBC
VOA VIEW: All are grasping at straws.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined the Biden administration's policy toward China, as the U.S. balances tensions of Russia and Taiwan. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Blinken is a weak fool.
For consumers struggling with soaring prices, the Memorial Day weekend sales push could be a great time to stock up. CNBC
Northfield High School in Denver, Colorado, went into lockdown and prompted a large police presence following a “suspicious occurrence,” according to law enforcement. FOX News
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wondered if social factors such as fatherlessness, family breakdown and social isolation are reasons why "rampage violence" is increasing. FOX News
VOA VIEW: That is one of the reasons.
Democratic members of Congress joined anti-gun violence activists for a press conference and rally Thursday at the Capitol in Washington D.C., ahead of bipartisan talks on possible gun legislation. UPI
VOA VIEW: Dems are trying to score points from a tragedy.
New unemployment claims dropped by 8,000 for the week ending May 21, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. UPI
The White House said Thursday that the first federally-supported COVID-19 "test to treat" site has been launched in Rhode Island, and officials hope more in the coming months will help control infections. UPI
The U.S. military and Japan's Defense Ministry said Thursday they flew fighter jets over the Sea of Japan in signal of readiness after China and Russia sent bombers nearby and North Korea test-fired three missiles. UPI
VOA VIEW: Showing strength is important.
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez announced in protest that he will not attend a major summit of world leaders from the Western hemisphere hosted by the United States next month. UPI
VOA VIEW: Bermudez made Biden look foolish and weak.
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The Oklahoma Legislature approved a bill requiring public and public charter school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. An appropriate decision.
About a dozen conservative states have passed laws aimed at the transgender population, including bathroom use, athletes and banning gender confirming treatments or surgery for transgender youth. The Oklahoma bill passed the state Senate on a 38-7 vote, then cleared the House by a 69-14 margin. “It’s about safety, it’s about protection, it’s about common sense,” said Republican Rep. Danny Williams, the House author of the bill. “The goal of this bill is to protect our children.”
Democrats who opposed the bill said it singles out and targets transgender students, putting them at risk of ridicule. “My child wants to go to the bathroom where he feels comfortable,” said Democratic Rep. Jacob Rosencrants, who said his son is transgender. “My kid wants to be a kid, my kid just wants to ‘be’ …and he doesn’t feel like he can do that in this state.”
The legislation now goes to Gov. Kevin Stitt, who is expected to sign it after signing an earlier bill that prevents transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams. The bill was proposed after Stillwater Public Schools declined to change a policy allowing students to use the bathroom that agrees with their gender identity unless forced by law to do otherwise. Nicole McAfee, executive director of Freedom Oklahoma which supports the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and queer people, said the bill violates federal law and she is discussing legal action with other organizations, including the ACLU and Lamda Legal.